Verizon iPhone to Have Simultaneous Voice and Data Capabilities, AT&T Not Threatened by a CDMA iPhone

May 20, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Rumors suggest that the iPhone that will be available through Verizon could be capable of allowing the user to talk and browse the web simultaneously. The simultaneous voice and data capability was earlier offered on the iPhone by Verizon’s competitor, AT&T.

Unconfirmed reports of more than 10 million CDMA iPhones being built by Apple have already been leaked on the internet. So the new voice and data capability feature on iPhones available on Verizon’s network could put the company in serious competition with AT&T. However, AT&T does not seem to be worried.

AT&T’s CEO Ralph de la Vega said that over 80 percent of its customers had opted for family and business plans and might not move away from the carrier very quickly. The company also believes that it can make sure that their consumers continue to use their network. However, AT&T smartphone consumers seeking to purchase an iPhone may still opt for the one available through Verizon. The 20 percent of AT&T’s customers, who have not opted for family or business plans could also move to the rival network.

Yet, the CDMA iPhone could also relax the traffic on AT&T’s network, allowing the mobile carrier to improve its services.

The iPhone 4G is a huge improvement over its predecessor, a factor that was not present in the iPhone 3GS when it released. So as increased sales are expected for the iPhone 4G, AT&T cannot afford to lose its customers.

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